Robert George Chambers

Born: Mon., Dec. 31, 1923
Died: Mon., Apr. 28, 2014

Memorial Service

10:00 AM Sat., May 03, 2014
Location: Pendleton Round-Up Grounds

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Robert George ”Bob” Chambers was born December 31, 1923 in Portland, OR to George S and Robie N. (Cobb) Chambers.  He passed on April 28, 2014.

Many people knew Bob as a saddle maker and rodeo announcer. He got his first taste of rodeo in Sedro Wooley, WA.   With his father's consent, Bob entered the bull riding at the tender age of 15. He won third place money, and the long love affair with Rodeo began.  He served in the US Cavalry in Burma in World War II.  After he returned home he met and married Phyllis Lowman of Seattle, WA on September 10, 1946.  He competed in bull and bareback riding for 12 years. During that time he and Phyllis attended college in Montana.  They later settled in Pendleton where they raised 3 children Jim, Terri and Bob.  With the help of close friend Bryce Baker, Chambers announced his first rodeo in 1953.  1958 was his first year as a professional announcer beginning with the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show in Union, OR, where he remained for 36 years.  Bob was one of the charter members of the Cowboy Turtle Association which was the forerunner of the PRCA.  His career expanded, as he announced as many as 27 rodoes a year.  To reach all those events he covered 30,000 miles in his car sometimes 2,000 miles between rodeos.  He announced in Arizona, California, Utah, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and 3 provinces in Canada. Once the children were raised Bob thoroughly enjoyed traveling the rodeo circuit with Phyllis.  His pride and joy was being the voice of the Pendleton Round-Up for 23 years.  Announcing rodeos was a job he truly enjoyed but took very seriously.  Before he went to the ‘crow’s nest’ he jotted down notes to mention any and all winnings of the cowboys competing.  He usually had a bit of personal information on each one.  He once said "The announcer is selling the cowboy sport to the good folks who have been kind enough to buy tickets.  I like to feel that I have made a few more fans for pro rodeo at every performance.” When he wasn’t on the road announcing, he worked as a saddle maker first with Hamley’s and then with Severe Brothers Saddlery. Before retiring from announcing Bob was honored to have announced the National Finals twice and was inducted into the Pendleton Round-Up Hall of Fame in 1989.  For several years he was active guiding at the Round Up/Happy Canyon Hall of Fame.  He loved and enjoyed his family and friends.  He looked forward to watching bull riding and sharing rodeo stories with his good buddy, Vern Purcell.  He was proud of his community and calling Pendleton his home.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 57 years.

He is survived by sons Jim Chambers of Athena, OR and Bob (Vickie) Chambers of Pendleton, OR and daughter Terri (Rick) Whitmore of Meridian, ID

Grandchildren:  Jamie (Bret) Turner, Zane (Bonnie) Whitmore, Rhiannon (James) Albert, Kevin Whitmore, Amber (Stephen) Biljan,  Jenni (Jerrie) Martinez, Rachel (Nick) Nash and Jon (Janine) Chambers

Great Grandchildren: Katie, Josie,  Kyle and Lexie Turner,  Alyne and Syrah Albert,  Madelyne Picard, Nate and Zoey Martinez, Jordan, Jayci, Jarom and Javin Chambers

He is also survived by his special friend Marilyn Lieuallen.

And a special thank you to his care giver Tamara Pittman and her family.

SERVICE LOCATION HAS CHANGED.  Memorial Services will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 10:00 AM at The Pendleton Round-Up Grounds.  A luncheon will follow at the Pendleton Eagles Lodge.

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Gail Woerner & Liz Kesler
   Posted Wed April 30, 2014
Bob was a great rodeo persona, and everyone who knew him thought the world of him. He was a great announcer and promoted rodeo in everything he did. He will be missed. Our prayers go to his family and Bob. God Bless

I am just so sorry I live so far away (Austin, TX) that I couldn't visit with him more and hear all his stories. I did get to interview him on video during the Pendleton RoundUp 100th Anniversary for the Oral History Program of the Rodeo Historical Society at the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City. Gail

Sharon & Cecil Maness
   Posted Wed April 30, 2014
Such sad news today,
we learned that Bob Chambers has passed away.
I first met up with Bob years ago,
and oh could he ever at the Pendleton Round Up put on a show.
He was announcer here for 23 years
for that we send cheers.
At the Severe Brothers Saddlery he did a great job.
My hat is off to you Bob.
He worked there with my father-in-law
making saddles for one and all.
He once gave my daughter Julie a cowboy hat
and on her head for along time it sat.
He will be missed by many in the years to come,
for him time was never ho hum.
His work on earth is done
and his time to rest in peace has come.
From the Round Up Hall of Fame
Heaven has admitted another name.
For serving our country, home of the red, white and blue
We say Bob, thank you.
Sharon Ainsworth Maness
Cecil Allen Maness
April, 2014

Sharon Livingston
   Posted Wed April 30, 2014
My husband Fred, and I always enjoyed our visits with Bob. Announcing at the Round-Up was never the same after he retired. The last time I saw him was on the street in Athena when I used his wonderful memory to recall a favored salesman at Hamley's Dale Mercer. Always neatly dressed in the western style, always ready to say hello. He will be missed by all of us that treasured his longstanding friendship.

Doug Nelson
   Posted Wed April 30, 2014
All the best Jim during your time of loss. I know he has a good son.

Valerie Scott
   Posted Thu May 01, 2014
Jim & family,

Death brings pain that only time can heal. No words could ease what we truly feel. Of all the sad things we may endure the saddest is in saying farewell to those we love. Our loved ones may pass on but they live on in our hearts and minds. The pain of loss is something that none can escape, but you don't have to go through it alone. If I can help in any way, Jim, please call on me.

Your friend and former co-worker,

Valerie Scott

Sheila Mabry
   Posted Thu May 01, 2014
Jim and family,

Bob was a wonderful man and a true gentleman. He will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him. My sincere condolences for your loss.

Sheila Mabry

Directors of the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show
   Posted Thu May 01, 2014
Bob Chambers was a standard at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show, announcing our rodeo for 36 years. Bob and Phyllis honored us in 1992 by agreeing to serve as Grand Marshal of the show. He was a true friend to the EOLS and will surely be missed by all of his friends and family. -- Directors and Volunteers of the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show Association, Inc.

JoAnn Hefner
   Posted Thu May 01, 2014


'With Great Respect' -- Directors and Volunteers of the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show Association, Inc., Union, Oregon

Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns
   Posted Thu May 01, 2014
Few announcer's stands were ever graced by anyone friendlier, kinder, more talented or knowledgeable or dedicated to our favorite sport than Bob Chambers. How bles't I was to meet him in the mid-60's and work so many good rodeos with him! He made everyone's job easier, and he and Phyllis were among our very favorite rodeo friends. Such a fitting tribute for his farewell party to be in that historic arena he loved so deeply for so many decades. May God grant his entire family peace and blessing through this tough time of parting. We know he's waiting just on the other side . . . an' the reunion all those old announcers are having must be resounding throughout Heaven! Love and prayers, Rhonda

Kent Case
   Posted Thu May 01, 2014
Bob, Phyllis and kids shared many meals with our family in the 50's. We had many enjoyable times together and I will always have happy memories of Bob and his family.

Tammara Hanby-Pittman
   Posted Fri May 02, 2014
Dear Jim, Teri and Bob and all the kids and grandkids. Our family wishes to express our deepest condolences to you and all of your family. I have been honored to have been the one to take care of your father this last 14 months. He came to us as a client, quickly became our friend and he has left us as a part of our own family. He is very much loved and will be deeply missed. If you need any help at this time, please do not hesitate to contact myself or John. We are more than happy to help. God Bless all of you.

Joan Harrison
   Posted Sun May 04, 2014
Very sorry to hear of your father's passing. Thinking about you.

Leonard Haraga
   Posted Mon May 12, 2014
I was sorry to learn of Bob's passing. He used to come over and visit me in the mid Nineties in Phoenix. He was a genuine great man. He will be missed.

Kenny Cochran
   Posted Mon May 12, 2014
Mr Chambers was a lot of good things to a lot of good people. Close your eyes Pendleton Rodeo fans, go back a few years and listen up, you can hear his distinctive voice announcing from the crows nest. Pretty sure he invented the rodeo announcer chuckle. Saddle maker, bull rider, bareback rider and a Turtle! Mr Chambers was also a WWll veteran. Bob Chambers was the Real Deal folks. I assume Mr Chambers was also an all sport star athlete in school.

Bob Chambers had a good ride. He left a darn good legacy. Doesn't get much better. Condolences to Terri Jim Bob and extended families.

In honor of and in memory of Bob and Phyllis Chambers, a tree will be planted on Cochran property, located in rural Washougal, Washington.

Kenny Cochran and family

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